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Taking Action Against Being "Sick and Tired" at the Capitol Today

March 3, 2008

Denver, CO - They say they're "sick and tired" of the status quo when it comes to health care in Colorado. Today's "Health Care Day of Action" starts with a rally to push for a more affordable, accessible health care system for all Coloradans. Cancer survivor Regina Hathorne will attend the rally and believes excellent medical care saved her life, but she's still paying for it, literally.

"We do without basic necessities in order to pay the health insurance premiums, and we do go hungry at the end of the month."

Hathorne and other participants in the "Health Care Day of Action" will meet with legislators one-on-one and testify before a joint meeting of the Health and Human Services Committees.

Hathorne says times are tough, but she's thankful to be alive. She knows there are many who are worse off.

"There are a lot of people in the state of Colorado that have no insurance that are far worse off than I, because they're not getting any medical care."

Hathorne says she's going to the capitol because she believes money shouldn't be a factor when it comes to health care.

"It's a basic human right that we should all receive the same health care. I believe strongly in that value and it's why I have put my energy into this effort."

Today's "Health Care Day of Action" rally will be held at the state Capitol in Denver.

Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - CO